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December 20, 2014

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Listen to your Mother!


Listen to your Mother!

It is an unfortunate thing that so many of us mothers will never be famous. The crazy stunts we do - breastfeeding an infant in Target while shopping for hummus! - changing a blow out while pontificating on a conference call! - refereeing a fight while sautéing green beans! - are really quite noteworthy and deserving of some press. Alas, most of us mothers toil along in relative obscurity. The same is true of writers: most of us who like to spew out our thoughts in a journal, or a blog, will write to a very small audience, the Dooces and Pioneer Women of the world notwithstanding. Of course, no one mothers - or writes - for fame, but for the pleasure inherent in those vocations. But when I - an amateur mother and writer - was procrastinating online one day, I stumbled...

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When Managing Expectations – Expect Fun


When Managing Expectations – Expect Fun

My husband is coaching our five-year-olds baseball team.  Several dads are helping as well and we are friends with many of the kids on the team.  It is a six and under coach pitch team.  We moved up this year from t-ball and thought the boys had a bit more competitiveness in them.  The world of sports has changed since we were little and we are still learning how it all works.  There are rec teams that seem to play for fun and competitive teams that play to win.  We have friends who have older children who play on both types of teams and it all gets confusing.  This is what I have learned so far. 1) Kids want to have fun.  Feeling pressure is not fun.  Five and six-year olds should not be pressured.  (As far as I am...

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Small Steps Add Up to Big Gains


Small Steps Add Up to Big Gains

The somewhat dreaded parent teacher conferences have come and gone.  If you have a good relationship with your child’s teacher,  there really shouldn’t be anything to surprising revealed.  It could be compared to the annual review at work.  It’s always a somewhat awkward situation and creates a bit of anxiety, but it shouldn’t be the time you are blind sided with news.  Your supervisor should have been commenting on your performance through out the year, so unless your being surprised with a promotion or a raise, you should know what to expect. Zach with Mrs. Whitehill I am fortunate that I get to pick my kids up from school most days of the week.  These means a lot of opportunities for one on one...

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Some Questions I Just Don’t Know How to Answer


Some Questions I Just Don’t Know How to Answer

The other night I was putting my boys to bed and my oldest son was in an inquisitive mood.  We use our bedtime routine as a time to have quiet conversation and process the day’s events.  This particular night he was asking a lot of questions.  He asked me why old people forget things.  I told him that we use our bodies a lot over time and they get worn out.   Certain parts may not function as good as they did when someone was younger.  I tried to relate it back to toys that he has flat worn out and are no longer work like new. The same thing happens to our brain, sort of.  It just gets old and some of the connections get worn out or mis-fire.  I was hoping this explanation was sufficient enough to make sense with...

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Spoonful of Sugar ­ New Solutions for Children & Medicine

Any parent knows – getting kids to take their medicine can be a struggle. If you’ve fought this fight before, you know what you’re up against: they may not be able to swallow pills, or they just can’t stand that taste! And there are other challenges to medicating children and infants, too, like sensitivities or allergies to certain ingredients, and those little patients with stomach issues that simply can’t keep medicine down. There is, however, a solution available through pharmaceutical compounding. Compounding is the art and science of preparing customized medications, where pharmacists make by hand all the medicines that doctors prescribe.  This is particularly effective for children, because pharmacists can change the flavor and...

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Update: Lily’s Surgery Successful

The surgery is complete, but this is more like a beginning than an end. Lily had surgery to correct her torticollis Jan. 11 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. The doctor made incisions in her sternocleidomastoid muscle  to loosen it so that stretching could be effective. She is wearing a non-invasive halo brace to keep her head from going back to the position it was before. For now, she stretches three to four times a day and visits a physical therapist twice a week. During therapy, we take off the brace. That is the only time she takes it off. It’s overwhelming, sure, but I literally take it day by day. I can’t think about the work I’m not getting done at my full-time job, the housework I’m not doing, the family and friends...

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Surgery Rescheduled


Surgery Rescheduled

We visited the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis for the second time last week. Lily’s surgery has been rescheduled to January, and I am thankful that we have the holidays to enjoy before the procedure. This visit wasn’t nearly as stressful and emotional as the visit in June. We met Lily’s new doctor, learned more details about the surgery and toured the hospital. The doctor said something interesting. She said surgery for torticollis isn’t something the Shriners Hospital treats nearly as often as foot, hip and leg problems. I find that interesting because we are in this situation now because I had no knowledge of torticollis. I had never heard anyone talk it, and I couldn’t find answers on the Internet. Yes, Lily’s primary care physician said...

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Something to Live Up To...

All in all, I'm a pretty good person. I pay my taxes, don't litter, volunteer regularly, go to belong to a church, use my turn signal, and do all the other things that would garner bonus points if you were playing a board game called "Are YOU really a good person?"   I'd like to think I'd be JUST as good of a person if I didn't have kids. But that would be lying, something which I try not to do – at least not in front of my kids.   Because as familiar and beloved as they are, I’ve realized that in some ways, how we behave in front of our kids is how we behave in front of guests – most of us try to do things like eat healthier food and drink less, be more polite and less profane, and all in all, act...

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Lucky Me

One of my first jobs was at a sandwich restaurant. I wasn’t the best sandwich artist who ever lived, but I got by. One day, I came to work ill with a sinus infection. Instead of sending me home, my supervisor watched as a sniffed and sneezed through an eight-hour shift that left one customer refusing to accept the sandwich I had made. Thank goodness things have changed because my current lifestyle would not fit with the you-or-your-child-can-never-get-sick policy. With a trip to St. Louis coming up, I was hoping Lily’s new hearing aids would be ready before we left. But unfortunately, they won’t be. So instead of spreading out my time off from work, I will have to be gone two and a half days in a row. We will leave for St. Louis one day, have her appointment...

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Medical Mis-Communication

 Well, things aren’t going quite like I thought they would. But, having a child with special issues you would think that I would have learned my lesson by now. There has been some “miscommunication” between the scheduler at the Shriners Hospital and me. I thought we had a surgery date set based on what the scheduler told me. However, I learned Thursday that that was not the case. It really makes me wonder how often miscommunication happens between people needing medical care and the medical professionals who serve them. We’ve all heard the horror stories about people going into surgery to have their left arm amputated only to wake up in recovery with their right arm missing. But, how often does the middle man make a mistake? And, one of the...

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